Short Sealand. Characteristics. Photo.
Short Sealand. Characteristics. Photo.

Short Sealand. Characteristics. Photo.


The Short Sealand is a civilian amphibious aircraft manufactured by the British aircraft manufacturer Short Brothers since 1950 and still in service today.


Photo Short Sealand


Aircraft Short Sealand is a multipurpose aircraft operated mainly in remote areas of the planet, where the construction of modern airport facilities and airfields for any reason it is not possible or not cost-effective. Development of the aircraft began almost immediately after the Second World War, however, despite the fact that its first flight Short Sealand made in 1948 year, another year and a half the aircraft carefully been crafted and mass production entered only 1950 year .


Short Sealand photo


As the aircraft itself Short Sealand to be used exclusively on local airlines, on board can accommodate a small number of passengers - of 5 7 up depending on the configuration of the aircraft. In addition, the amphibious aircraft Short Sealand can also be used to transport goods to the total weight of 940 kilograms (excluding the weight of the crew).


Museum piece Short Sealand


The power plant of the Short Sealand is represented by two de Havilland Gipsy Queen 70-3 piston air-cooled four-cylinder aircraft engines capable of developing 340 hp. each, which in turn provides the aircraft with a completely acceptable travel speed - up to 300 km / h (maximum flight speed), and allows flights at distances of up to 1060 kilometers.

In addition to the civil aviation aircraft Short Sealand actively enjoyed success in the ranks of the Air Force of different countries, including Norway, India, former Yugoslavia, and Saudi Arabia. These aircraft operate primarily for the transportation of small groups of troops, as well as for the transport of goods and implementation of observation flights.

Planes Short Sealand produced in two basic versions:

  • Short SA.6 Sealand I (basic version);
  • Short SB.7 Sealand III.


The production version differed mainly from one another by certain characteristics, among them wingspan and wing profile, strengthened fuselage, etc.

For all the time production was built 25 planes Short Sealand, some of which continue to be used and now, with the main reason for the continued use of these planes is their rather high reliability and the ability to use in difficult terrain.


Specifications Short Sealand.


  • Crew: 1-2 person;
  • Passenger: 7 people (depending on configuration);
  • aircraft Length: 12,86 m .;
  • Wingspan: 18 m (depending on version).
  • Plane Height: 4,57 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 3190 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 940 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 4130 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 282 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 300 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 1063 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 6280 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: 2 × de Havilland Gipsy Queen 70-3;
  • Power: 2 × 340 hp


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